Emily and I came to a realization this week. We are pretty giving people (especially Emily. She puts the needs of herself aside frequently for ANYONE else), and for lack of a better word, pride has dictated that it is difficult to accept any “charity”. However God has been working on us in this issue. Our pride has been stripped like whittiling a twig. We are learning to accept help from people, whether it is emotionally, financially, or physically. This facet of being humble is one we are just gaining experience in. See, for some people, being able to bless others in any of the ways listed above in turn blesses them. We went from looking at it in a prideful “We don’t like charity” kind of way to “God uses everyone in different ways, and you shouldn’t fight God” kind of way.
I just finished reading the book called, “Heaven is for real” by Todd Burpo. It tells the account of a small boy who “dies” and goes to heaven. While it is a touching story, the part I clung to most is where the child describes seeing his kid sister, whom had been miscarried before he was born. The girl recoginized the young boy, and it was just a reassurance that God loves every child, no matter if they never took a breath on this earth, or live to be 100. We are all God’s children, and He loves us so much. It is so encouraging to me to know I will get to meet my son one day, and have a conversation with him. It also serves as a personal accountability issue. I want my son to know that everything his earthly father did was to glorify God. I know that as a sinful human I will not be able to achieve this, but I can certainly strive for perfection. It has made me think about the words I say before I say them. Not only am I accountable to God for my actions, but I have my son to be accountable too.
You can believe what you want to about heaven, and the facts surrounding it. But take comfort in knowing that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Loves EVERY man, woman, child on this earth so much. It does say that children hold a special place in God’s heart. “Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.’” – Luke 18:16
I encourage you to be honest with God when praying. Understand that He knows exactly how you feel before you even say it. You don’t have to have a PhD or Master’s to pray. Pray with the candidness of a child. I ask specifically that you pray for the Yusko family tonight. Many of you who read this do already, but I am asking you to keep them in your prayers. God is bigger than trisomy 18. He is bigger than anything you can imagine.
James and Emily.